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Modern Streetcar Service Creates New Link to Downtown Dallas

May 04, 2015 08:21AM

Streetcar travel between historic Oak Cliff’s Methodist Dallas Medical Center and downtown Dallas is back after a 50-year absence via a state-of-the-art electric vehicle and a free ride. The 1.6-mile route marks the first phase of the new Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) project.

The starter line traverses the Trinity River corridor, which separates southern Dallas from the city’s largest employment centers. Specifically, the project targets commuters in mixed-use districts adjacent to downtown and helps connect them to transportation choices available in the city center.

“Our track record with DART Light Rail and the Trinity Railway Express gave the city of Dallas confidence that we also could successfully design, build, operate and maintain the Dallas
Streetcar,” says DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas.

The second phase, which extends the route to the shopping and dining of Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, is expected to be completed by early 2016. The third segment, currently in planning, will expand the streetcar line to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Omni Dallas Hotel.

View route and schedule information and vehicle photos are at DART.org/DallasStreetcar.

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